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Joan Castagnone journals

Identifier: SC30

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains personal and creative journals written by Joan Castagnone throughout her adulthood. Topics include her emotional and romantic life, her career and jobs, her studies, her life in New York City, and her own poetry, fiction, and other writing.

Box 1 contains journals from 1968-1980, covering topics including poetry and short fiction written by Castagnone, the dissolution of her first marriage, and notes from her graduate studies in English and the Bennington Writer's Workshop.

Box 2 contains journals from 1980-1992, covering Castagnone's work as a producer, the dissolution of her second marriage and discussion of an open marriage, her self-doubts, a trip to Europe, her move to New York City (during which time she subletted an apartment from Grace Paley), workplace discrimination and resumes, watching tennis and plays, romantic and sexual relationships in the wake of her second marriage, and therapy.

Box 3 contains journals from 1993-1999, covering Castagnone's emotional life and depression, the dissolution of a relationship, therapy, menopause, spirituality, and her job.


  • Creation: 1968 - 1999



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. Copyright to the journals is retained by Joan Castagnone. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.


Joan Castagnone, born October 1947 in the Bronx, NY, is an American writer and editor. She received her BA from Rutgers University in 1970 and her MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota. After a childhood in New Jersey, Castagnone lived in North Dakota for over a decade before moving back to New York City, where she has lived for over 40 years.

Castagnone has published poetry and short fiction in various literary magazines, including Kansas Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Louisville Review. She has had plays produced by small companies, including a 2017 New Perspectives off-off-Broadway production of "Occupy Bronxville" and a 2019/2022 New Perspectives professional reading of "Leda's Children." She is the recipient of a National Council on the Arts Fellowship (1982) and was the founder and editor of Bloodroot, a literary magazine dedicated to the publication of women writers and artists, from 1976-1981. In addition to working as a writer, Castagnone has worked as a teacher, an editor, and in corporate communications. She lives in Manhattan.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)




Personal journals of writer Joan Castagnone.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joan Castagnone, 2022.


Accruals are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Martha Tenney in May 2022. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Joan Castagnone journals
Martha Tenney
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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